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Appellate

Our Appellate attorneys place a premium on first-hand knowledge of the courts, so it should come as no surprise that many  are former judicial clerks of the courts in which they now practice.  Our Appellate lawyers have practiced extensively before both the state and federal appellate courts where their legal knowledge and procedural and practical experience enables them to deal with the complex and rule-intensive requirements of the various courts. 

We recognize the value of amicus curiae briefs in appeals that raise novel legal issues, and work with our clients to identify and invite the participation of potential amici in appropriate cases.

Our appellate experience is vital to the success of our litigation matters, whether we seek to preserve a hard-won trial victory or to persuade the appellate court to overturn an adverse trial court ruling or a jury's verdict.

Post-Trial Mediation:
Shipman & Goodwin attorneys provide an opportunity for private mediation post judgment to assist litigants in avoiding the lengthy and costly appellate process and to bring their cases to a final disposition through a more expeditious process for those times when pre-trial mediation was not possible, or did not result in a disposition short of trial. For the litigant who prevailed at trial, mediation eliminates the risk of losing judgments and often affords an earlier pay date. For the party who lost, mediation eliminates the risks of having that judgment affirmed, thereby requiring the expenditure of more money, and for both sides, mediation eliminates the uncertainty of not knowing whether a retrial will be part of the future–along with a whole new set of appellate issues.

At Shipman & Goodwin, we offer a more focused and comprehensive approach to post-judgment mediation efforts, thereby increasing chances for meaningful resolution of disputes. Joette Katz, a leader in our appellate practice and a mediator with extensive appellate experience provides a fresh perspective on each case and helps explain the governing standard of review and the framework of the appellate process. By the time the case reaches the appellate stage, the legal issues have been developed and narrowed, the disputed facts have been resolved, the parties have seen the weaknesses of their respective positions as a result of what occurred at trial, and expectations have become more realistic. Our attention to each detail in this process translates to direct value for clients.

Working with our team of experienced appellate attorneys, Joette assists clients in understanding the risks associated with the appeal, aiding in the evaluation of those risks at a more precise level than before trial. Complex cases, business disputes, personal injury cases, and family matters all provide opportunities for post-judgment mediation. Shipman & Goodwin’s team of attorneys know the appellate process, are experienced practitioners, have the necessary credibility to challenge legal arguments, explore creative solutions and are committed to working with the parties until the case is resolved.

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